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The Room Where It Didn't Happen: A Case Of Mistaken 'Hamilton' Identity

November 24, 2016

People line up to see the Broadway hit Hamilton on Nov. 19 in New York.
Bebeto Matthews/AP


Vice President-elect Mike Pence went to see the hit Broadway musical Hamilton last week, setting off a chain of events that lead to a big headache for a small community theater in Montana.
At the end of Friday night's performance in New York, actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Vice President Aaron Burr, called on Pence to work for all Americans.
"We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir," Dixon said. "But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf all of us."
The next day, Denise Rose, executive director of the Hamilton Players Inc., in Hamilton, Mont., awoke to find her world (at least on Twitter) turned upside down.
"My Twitter account was going crazy," Rose told the Missoulian newspaper. "I thought, 'It's too early.' " The newspaper wrote:
Rose said she discovered her phone was buzzing from the wrath of people 2,415 miles away angered by the interaction between the musical Hamilton's actor and Pence.


The two Twitter monikers are similar – @hamiltonplayers compared to @hamiltonmusical. But the number of Twitter followers is not: 47 for the Montana theater, 451,000 for the Broadway musical.


Rose told the paper: "My phone would go crazy in clumps of 10 to 15, then an hour later all the re-tweets started again. ... We were getting tweets calling us racist, untalented, disrespectful and more."

The online commenters were non-stop.

The Missoulian quoted tweets directed at the tiny playhouse, including:
"The cast of your show is